If you cast it in the terms a talking head journalist understands, diction, erudition, breath control, pacing, sophistication, Palin lost. That was Rachel Maddow's take.
If you cast it in the terms the average American understands, courage of convictions, honesty, forthrightness, direct approach to the problems, Palin won. That was Greta van Susteren's take.
If you cast it in terms of who understands what a working mother wants to hear regarding taking the fight to the corruption in DC and New York, Palin won. That was the take of the women at the coffee pot this morning.
For the person who had the most distance to cover, Palin clearly won.
Will all that sum up as leadership? That is to be determined.
The disappointment was the utter predictability of each network's reaction. The candidate they are in the tank for, they still are.
But here's the kicker: sophistication is telling people losing their homes they are the reason for the credit crunch because they bought what they could not afford while the sophisticate telling them that is eating fish eggs at $330 an ounce. Gore and Kerry didn't get that.
The fat guy down front with five kids and a job teetering on layoff and the single mom raising a family don't either.
This election is a class war.